If you have ever run across while researching a orphan child we all know how hard it is to find anything . This page will have everything I can find on orphanages or orphan records that I run across if you know of any that is not listed here please feel free to email me .
We have all heard of the Orphan Trains that delivered children to waiting families . Sometimes orphans were shipped out to different states and counties and seperated from their siblings . I thought I would list all the links or information I could to help.
"Orphan Trains" ran from 1854 to before the Great
Depression in 1929. The first train brought 47 boys for placement
in Michigan. At least 100,000 children were eventually placed.
Some were placed in abusive situations where parents wanted
workers rather than loving children. However, 90% of the children
were successfully placed in good homes. Many of the orphans
became journalists, judges, lawyers, attorneys, physicians and
leading business and professional men and women.
Before the boxcars of children entered a town, the children were bathed and given clean clothes to wear. The were given instructions on how to act on arrival at the train station, town hall, church or wherever people gathered to pick out a child. Sometimes the children sang, danced or just stood and smiled to get the people's attention. At first people thought the children were of the "criminal class" because they heard the children were "slum dwellers". Their attitude soon changed when they saw how very normal the children were.
The farm families were always give adequate notice so that many people would be waiting for the trains to come in.
This is a ad that ran in the old newspapers distributing Orphan Children.
|County or Records||Orhanage|
|Jefferson County||'Colored' Industrial Institute|
|Sebastian County||Unnamed Children's Home|
|Drew County||Unnamed Orphan Home|
|Arkansas Baptist Childrens Home|
|The Preachers Tale||Editor William Fury|
|Iowa , Scott Co.||Soldiers Orphan's Home|
|Orphan Train||Orphan Train Heritage|
|Almshouse Records New York 1819-1840||Almshouse Records New York City 1855-1858|
|Orphanage Rosters||Asylum, New York City, New York 1860|
|Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York in 1850||Half-Orphans in the Sisters of Charity Orphan Asylum, New York City, New York 1860|
|Orphans in the Sisters of Charity Orphan||St Joseph's Infant Home in Troy, Rensellaer County New York, 1900|
|Orphans in St. Patrick's Orphan Asylum Rochester, Monroe County, New York 1880||St. Vincent's Female Orphan Asylum, Albany, Albany County, New York 1880|
|Troy Catholic Orphan (Male) Asylum, Troy, Rensalaer County New York 1880||St. Patrick's Male Orphan Asylum, Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York 1880|
|St. Vincent's Orphan Protectory (Male) Uitca, Oneida County, New York 1880||St. Joseph's Female Orphan Asylum, Brooklyn, Kings County New York 1880|
|Orphan Train Riders stop over in Ashtabula||Personal Letters of Alfred Waibel|
|Orphans Asylum Society of the City Of New York||Ancestral Orphans Message Board|
|Belmont County Children's Home||Belmont County, Ohio|
|FairView Home for Friendless Children of Watervliet||Watervliet, New York|
|Orphan Memories Message Board||Isle of Wight Orphan Records|
|1930 Texas Orphans Index||Texas Orphanage Databases 1920|
|Buckner Children's Home 1900-1930 Census Page||De Pelchin Faith Home|
|Masonic Home of Texas||Methodist Orphanage|
|Negro Baptist Orphan Home||Protestant Oprhans Home|
|Reynolds Presbyterian Orphanage||St. Peters Orphanage|
|List of Early Orphanages||Texas State Orphanage|
|Ursuline Convent & Academy||State Historical Society of Missouri|
|List of Orphan Train Riders to Iowa||List of children sent to Iowa|
|Ellis Island Passenger Records for Orphan|